Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Medical Officer in Manhattan, Kansas
STAS is comprised of three Centers, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, Center for Veterinary Biologics, National Veterinary Services Laboratories, and the Office of STAS Interagency Coordination, each with a unique mission to safeguard animal and public health.
This position is located in the Office of the Associate Deputy Administrator (ADA), STAS, Veterinary Services (VS), APHIS, in Manhattan, Kansas.
The incumbent serves as the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Coordinator and has the responsibility to manage the APHIS transition activities for the move from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) to the NBAF. The incumbent represents APHIS perspectives and policies with other Federal agencies, state officials, stakeholders, institutions, and the local Manhattan, Kansas community.
The NBAF will replace the existing biocontainment laboratories located at PIADC in Orient Point, New York. APHIS’ Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL), located at PIADC, conducts foreign animal disease (FAD) diagnostics, supports the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, trains veterinarians in the recognition of FADs, and develops and validates diagnostics assays for detection and recovery for FADs. These functions and the enhanced program possible at the NBAF will need to be operational at the NBAF prior to the closing of PIADC in 2023.
*Salary Information: *First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.
APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response
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The duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Responsible for managing the APHIS transition activities for the move from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) to the NBAF and coordinating these activities with the ADA office for STAS, and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) Director.
- Provides national leadership and technical direction in the formulation and execution of programs and policies related to NBAF.
- Represents APHIS perspectives and policies regarding NBAF with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Federal agencies, state officials, stakeholders, universities, international organizations, industry/producer groups, and the local Manhattan, Kansas community.
- Develops and implements the NBAF workforce plan including developing a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) training program and a workforce able to provide accurate, reliable FAD diagnostics from the start of NBAF operations.
- Coordinates internationally with BSL4 facilities similar in scope to NBAF for training and development of science programs.
- Represents APHIS in the development of NBAF operational requirements and development of Standard Operating Procedures for the facility.
- Oversees APHIS participation in NBAF transition work groups. Serves as first point of contact to resolve concerns and issues that may arise during work groups.
- Provides APHIS perspectives on construction modifications based on impact on APHIS’ science program and budget.
- Coordinates with the Agricultural Research Service on NBAF transition planning.
- Develops and updates budget and resource plans as needed.
- Coordinates the planning for the biorepository transfer including resource projections and needs.
- Keeps the ADA office, NVSL Director and APHIS informed regarding the status of the NBAF transition planning and consults with them as necessary. Develops briefing documents as needed.
50% or less - Travel for training and work assignments may be required 50% or less.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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0701 Veterinary Medical Science
- Doctor Of Veterinary Medicine (Dvm)
Veterinary Medicine, Doctors Of (Dvm)
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
- Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret SCI Security Clearance.
- Subject to Department of Justice clearance.
- Position is subject to random and applicant drug testing.
- Must submit a public financial disclosure.
- Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
- Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
- This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
- This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
- Incumbent may visit laboratories and farms (domestic and foreign) where animal disease is present and may be required to shower in and out of some facilities.
- Long term assignments for disease investigations will require the incumbent work at a temporary duty station from one-to-four weeks, or more, in extreme cases, e.g., foreign animal disease outbreak.
- Will require the appropriate protective apparel and equipment.
- When traveling domestically or internationally for livestock site visits or disease investigations, the incumbent may be walking on wet, uneven surfaces in a variety of weather conditions.
- Will be required to obtain a TOP SECRET - SCI security clearance (SF-86— Questionnaire for National Security Positions) and Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) approval for handling and storing Select Agents and Toxins, which involves completing a security risk assessment (FBI form FD-961) and receiving an “unrestricted” status from the CJIS.
- The incumbent will be participating in decisions regarding the agents that should be studied at the NBAF and the agents to be used in graduate training programs based on both publically available information and classified threat assessments and intelligence information.
- If selected, an official college transcript showing a conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school or college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education will be required prior to entering on duty.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA website: https://www.avma.org
OR Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: * a)* Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG); b) Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT); OR c) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. An AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college must have accepted the final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g., residency or graduate program).
In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE. b) Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR c) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.
Waiver Provision: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individuals country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.
FOR THE GS-15 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
- Experience in the diagnosis of foreign, emerging and/or zoonotic animal diseases and knowledgeable in animal and zoonotic disease trends.
- Leading or working in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory that includes 1) oversight of personnel, equipment, space allocation and funding to accomplish the mission; 2) understanding of basic laboratory operations; 3) development of plans for new or remodeled laboratory facilities; or 5) understanding of Biosafety Level 3 and/or 4 and select agent laboratory standards and practices.
- Building and maintaining effective internal and external professional working relationships and communicating with government officials, state animal health officials, institutions, universities, research organizations, industry groups, and/or national and international laboratory experts. (There is no education substitution at this grade level.)
TRANSCRIPTS are required. This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
- This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
- More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
- Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
- Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
- E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
- It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Direct Hire Authority has been granted government-wide for specific positions due to a severe shortage of candidates. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements. Your application will be reviewed to confirm you possess the education and/or experience described in the qualifications section. The vacancy specific questions are to obtain more information about your experience relative to the job being filled. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
- General Veterinary and Microbiology Skills and Accomplishments
- Communication Skills-Interpersonal, Oral, And Written
- Ability to Prioritize Work, Meet Deadlines, Lead Others and Manage Programs/Projects
- Knowledge of Animal Regulatory Requirements, Inspection, Diagnostic and Enforcement Techniques Including Quarantine, Biologics, and Importing /Exporting
- Skill at Performing Laboratory Diagnostics and Research Testing
- Knowledge of General Laboratory Functions, Procedures, Techniques, Equipment, and Professional Practices
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
To view the application form, visit: https://aphis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=E3387332-5BA4-460E-A0D2-A8DC00B14045
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- Required Documents
The following documents are required. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure/downtime, etc. Encrypted/digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
- Resume *including: 1)job information for which you are applying 2)personal information 3)education 4)work experience including: schedule & hours worked per week, dates of employment; title/series/grade if applicable 5)supervisors phone number for each period listed, whether or not we may contact them for reference checks and, 6)other qualifications.*
- *Proof of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Degree or Equivalent:* Legible transcripts showing conferred DVM degree from a veterinary medical school/college accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (COE). An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application. As an alternative, proof of possession of a current permanent unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or territory of the U.S. can be submitted as provisional proof of eligibility.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools not accredited by the AVMA COE must submit DVM transcripts & required documents (i.e., proof of ECFVG certification; or copy of Veterinary license; letter documenting acceptance into an advanced degree/post graduate/residency/graduate program at an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school; AND an English proficiency score report with acceptable minimum scores, from TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL) that prove basic qualification as stated in OPM’s qualification standards.
Applicants substituting education/advanced training for specialized experience must submit: 1)unofficial transcript showing conferred master’s degree in qualifying specialty or 2)letter/certificate documenting completion of at least 2 years of an internship/residency/fellowship in a specific discipline/specialty. All education must have been successfully completed/obtained from an accredited school/college/university.
All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
- DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Although veterans’ preference doesn’t apply under Direct Hire Authority, applicants are encouraged to provide documentation of eligibility. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter & an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged/released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service.
- If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements, plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/
- Other required documents may include:
- CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
- Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
- Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the HR Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.
- You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
- We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
- This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.
Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.
Step 2: Create a Resume with USAJOBS or upload a Resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. In addition, your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement). Step 3:** Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499560400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 05/29/2018
Salary: $121,280 to $157,663 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 15
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent